Citizenship: “There is no better way to call a country home”

August 25, 2016

Oscar Acevedo came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when he was thirteen. His mother, sponsored by her mother, was granted a green card and moved to the U. S. in quest of better opportunities for her sons and herself. Those opportunities abounded. Six years later, Oscar, now nineteen, both graduated high school […]

Citizen after 60 years: “It was all worth it”

August 23, 2016

Gabriele Wallace was always interested in politics. Having grown up during World War II, she experienced first-hand the importance of getting along during difficult times. As a child, Gabriele was forced to flee her country with her mother and three siblings when Russia invaded. They went to Prague and later sought refuge back in Germany, […]

New Americans Campaign Partners Unite for Citizenship in San Francisco

August 18, 2016

Earlier this month, more than 225 New Americans Campaign partners from across the country convened in San Francisco for the annual United for Citizenship Practitioners Conference. The conference, held Aug. 3-5, provided local partners the opportunity to share best practices, network with other practitioners and volunteer at a large citizenship workshop. “The New Americans Campaign […]

NY Governor Launches Program to Promote Citizenship

August 17, 2016

In Partnership with the New York Daily News, Robin Hood Foundation, SUNY Albany, Stanford University, and George Mason University, “NaturalizeNY” Waives Naturalization Fee for 2,000 Eligible Low-Income Working Immigrants through lottery New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently launched “NaturalizeNY,” the first public-private partnership of its kind to encourage and assist eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens. […]

Korean-American Communities in Chicago Achieve Citizenship

August 15, 2016

Last year, 34 lawful permanent residents from 13 different countries became U.S. citizens at a special oath ceremony with the Korean community in Chicago. It had been 30 years since a ceremony like this was hosted. Among those newly minted Americans was 85-year-old SaHoon Kim, who came to the U.S. from Korea 40 years ago. […]

One Million Immigrants May Benefit from Partial Fee Waiver

August 11, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently proposed an adjustment to the immigration and naturalization fee at the beginning of the upcoming fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. While the fee for naturalization will increase from $595 to $640, USCIS also proposes a partial fee waiver for immigrants making between 150 percent and 200 percent of […]

Ease of Naturalization Process Inspires Family to Become Citizens

August 10, 2016

Last spring, 80 immigrants became United States citizens in Detroit at an oath ceremony hosted by the Detroit New Americans Campaign and the City of Detroit. Among those newly naturalized citizens was the Al Alwachi family, four individuals who came to the U.S. from war-torn Baghdad, Iraq. Alalwachi Foud Abdulhussein was the first in his […]

Support for Naturalization in the States

August 9, 2016

The Pew Charitable Trusts Immigration and the States Project recently published an article on the amount of support for naturalization provided by state governments. The article focuses on three states: California, Illinois, and Washington. California has a history of supporting naturalization efforts from the late ‘90s through the 2000s. This support ended in 2008 when […]

Naturalization Working Group Comments on Proposed Fee Increase

July 14, 2016

On May 4, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a Proposed Rule to adjust the immigration and naturalization fee schedule for the first time since 2010. We previously wrote about those proposed fee changes.  The public had until July 6 to submit comments on the new proposed fees. The Naturalization Working Group, an informal […]

Bipartisan House Group Urges Citizenship Affordability, Campaign Weighs In

July 8, 2016

By Eric Cohen, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center This week, a bipartisan group of legislators submitted a letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) addressing the proposed increase to agency fees. The New Americans Campaign is very vocal about the need to keep citizenship affordable for the nearly 9 million lawful […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has completed over 3,400 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 211,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $189 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed Citizenshipworks, an online tool, across the Campaign in multiple settings and languages. A newly redesigned platform guides applicants through through their citizenship application from start to finish and connects applicants to legal help at partnering non-profits.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More